I was reading in the Code of Hammurabi just a minute ago and one of the rules is this: "If a slave has said to his master, "You are not my master," he shall be brought to account as his slave, and his master shall cut off his ear. " Just found that interesting. Wasn't Malchus the servant of the high priest? So for him to stand in front of Christ and deny that he was a servant of Christ, and get his ear cut off... I've always thought it was just a quick, rash act on the part of Peter. Was there more meaning behind it than just a quick act of anger that just happened to land on the dude's ear?